Royal Caribbean’s epic 150 destinations cruise set to commence sailing in Dec 2023

Published on : Tuesday, October 26, 2021

It would’ve been unthinkable 12 months ago as the cruise industry reeled from the effects of Covid-19, but one operator, Royal Caribbean Cruise is now offering a marathon new voyage that will last nine months and take travellers to more than 150 destinations.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Serenade of the Seas is set to commence sailing in December 2023 from Miami, sailing for 274 nights before returning to Florida in September 2024.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean International president Michael Bayley said the trip — dubbed “The Ultimate World Cruise” — is designed to help travel-starved cruisers “make up for lost time.”

Serenade of the Seas has been a stalwart of the RCCL fleet since 2003. The 965 feet long ship has 13 decks and can accommodate up to 2,476 guests, according to Royal Caribbean’s website.

Upon leaving Miami on the world cruise in late 2023, the vessel is set to travel around the Caribbean, before scheduled stop offs in Central and South America, including trips to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls. Also on the globe-spanning itinerary are landmarks including the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza.

Travellers can book the full nine-month experience, or schedule a specific chunk of the trip and just join for the Americas and Antarctica.

The world cruises were a staple of the cruise scene pre-pandemic, but usually topped out at 150 days or so. Viking Cruises scheduled a 245-day trip from August 2019 to May 2020 on board Viking Sun, but this voyage was cut short when COVID-19 shut down the cruise industry in Spring 2020.

In the wake of the pandemic, some round-the-world cruises opted to continue their months-long voyages — just without any passenger stops — due to closed ports and increasing concerns around COVID-19.

The cruising has since recommenced in many markets, with cruise companies keen to prove a vacation at sea is a safe and viable holiday option. It’s still over two years until the Serenade of the Seas is set to embark on its globe-spanning trip, but travellers can reserve their cabins now.

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